Representatives of the evil, capitalistic gaming business empire?
But what's up with the bullying on TMP? When you think of it, no matter how passionate we are about our hobby, at the end of the day we are playing with toy soldiers!
The electronic world and the internet has brought us the ability to exchange ideas and share information about our great hobby. I love the internet and the resources it provides. Healthy, lively and respectful debate is good. When I taught Military History, I used to tell my students if you bring in 20 historians into my room you will get 20 different answers as to who was the better general, Grant or Lee.
Unfortunately, over the years, I have noticed an increasing trend in the wargaming community with constant complaints about successful business models in the hobby; primarily Games Workshop (GW) and Battlefront. If you don't like them, don't buy their stuff! GW and Battlefront have probably done more to introduce people to miniature wargaming than all of the other companies combined.
GW produces the Warhammer series of rules which have in the past been adapted for Ancients, ECW, WW I, etc. GW also publishes the excellent Warmaster set of rules and was responsible for Warmaster Ancients. And if you haven't noticed, Black Powder and Hail Caesar are the direct descendents of Warmaster. They have been innovative with multi-part hard plastic figures which historical miniature lines are now benefiting from the ground work they laid.
I will personally help Battlefront destroy World War II! What? It's only a game. You mean New Zealand is not trying to take over the world? And why do the hobbits live there now?
Flames of War? It's a game. What, you say tanks don't line up and fire at the enemy? Dang. Thought I saw that in the desert and in a few other urban environments. Do we use terrain in rule life. Yep. Do we sometimes line up in real life. Yep. Oh well . . . I'll stop. This might start a new thread on TMP.
It's elementary my dear Watson. Wargames Foundry is trying to make a profit.
And yes, Wargames Foundry figures are expensive. There are cheaper alternatives. I love Wargames Foundry figures; I look for them on eBay. For awhile, every time Wargames Foundry raised their prices, you would think it was a personal sign from the antichrist if you followed the message threads on TMP. Wait a minute, they are toy soldiers right? And the purpose of Wargames Foundry (I'm making a bold assumption) is to make a profit, or a least not a loss? Let the market decide.
Historical or Fantasy? Maybe both?
So here's to you Games Workshop, Battlefront, Warlord Games, Wargames Foundry, Perry Miniatures and others! Thanks for investing your time, money and effort to provide me with a pleasant hobby. After all, for many of you it is your livelihood and puts the food on the table.
And yes to the message boards on TMP: They are toy soldiers. I have seen real war and this isn't it. It's a fun hobby and let's keep it that way.
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